Processor with separately configured display control file, CGI scripts, and processing program
In a source file for a server, a Web display control division, a CGI script division and a processing program division are separated. The server has a Web server division, a CGI script control division and a processing program division and constitutes an interactive system together with an operation terminal unit in which inputs are made through a Web browser. A display control file describing Web page control information is provided for each Web page to be displayed, and the CGI script control division analyzes the description of the said display control file designated by said Web browser, executes said processing program following the description and outputs the result of the processing from Web server division to said Web browser. The name of processing programs activated for collection of information for the display of a Web page and control of the system and a method for displaying the result of such processing on the Web page are described in a script format in the display control file.
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BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
1. Field of the Invention
The present invention relates to a processor for an interactive system in which input is made through a web browser of a client and the processing of the input is carried out on a server side, and more particularly to a processor configured so as to separate, for storage, a display control file, related to what is displayed on the screen, in a CGI script from other scripts.
2. Description of the Related Art
There exists a system for executing various processes by connecting various types of devices to each other through a local area network, or LAN, and executing mutual communications between the devices. For example, there is a page printer for offline printing jobs of a large-scale general purpose computer via a magnetic tape or LAN.
In this page printer, a controller and an operation terminal unit such as a personal computer are connected to a LAN connected in turn to host computers. Then, a printer device including a plurality of printers and a magnetic tape device needed for an offline operation are connected to the controller, and the controller can be provided with a flexible system configuration in which the controller can mutually deal with a multiplicity of host computers and can be connected to a plurality of printers.
In this page printer system configuration, the controller functions as a server, while the operation terminal unit as a client. Here, in a case where a world wide web format, or a WWW format, is adopted, the operation terminal unit uses a Web browser.
Interactive processing can be executed by following a Web page displayed on the screen of the operation terminal unit which functions as the client. For example, in a case where a user is registered to use the page printer system, an operator presses required operation buttons while following an operation display appearing on the screen of the operation terminal unit. When the screen displays a user registration display, inputs for user registration are carried out on the display. Thus, a new user is registered on the controller through the operation of the operator, and from then on, the page printer can be used using the registered name of the user.
In this type of page printer, following the interactive system, inputs are made through the Web browser and the server executes required processing in response to the inputs. To make this happen, the controller functioning as the server is provided with a CGI script. The CGI script receives input information inputted from a Web page of the client, analyzes it and activates required processing programs in response to the results of the analysis. Additionally, the CGI script generates and processes a hypertext markup language document, or an HTML document, for the Web page so as to inform the user of the results of the processing and outputs information thereon to the Web browser. Then, in the Web browser, the information so outputted is displayed on the Web page, and the process advances to the following step.
The CGI script provided on the server for the page printer system includes analysis of inputs, execution of processed programs, control of screen and the like. Thus, as the number of Web pages to be displayed on the screen increases, the processing of the CGI script becomes complicated, and therefore the load is increased. Then, in a case where the display of the Web page must be changed with respect to the display design, a change in the description of the CGI script will result.
To cope with this, in order to change a portion of the CGI script in association with the display control, a modifying person needs to know very well the description of the CGI script with respect to the display control, processing programs and the like. Furthermore, even if a part of the CGI script must be changed, in conjunction of a required modification, there may occur a risk of erroneously modifying the description of the CGI script for a portion which should not be modified or, in contrast, there may occur a risk of failing to modify portions which relate to each other with respect to a required modification, and when those problems happen actually, the quality of the system will be affected largely and adversely.
The same thing can be said not only when the portion of the CGI script relating to the display control but also other portions thereof must be changed.
Thus, as has been described above, in the server for the prior art page printer, the CGI script is configured as an integral part, and the description with respect to the Web page control is deeply related to the descriptions with respect to other controls.
The present invention was made in view of these situations, and an object thereof is to provide a CGI script for a server which is configured such that a description for only a display control division can be changed, for example, when only the display control of a Web page is to be changed and whereby, even when another control division is being changed, an operation of changing the display control division can be performed in parallel.
SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
With a view to solving the aforesaid problems, according to an aspect of the present invention, there is provided a server controller connected to a LAN, adapted to configure an interactive system together with an operation terminal unit to which inputs are made through a Web browser and having at least a Web server division, a CGI script division and a processing program division, the server controller being characterized in that the server controller is configured so as to have a display control file for each Web page which describes web page control information for display on the operation terminal unit, wherein the CGI script control division is configured so as to analyze the control information of the display control file designated by the Web page, to execute and process a processing program in the processing program division and to output results of the execution and process of the process program to the Web browser.
Moreover, in the display control files, the display control information of the Web page is described separately in a file control division and an HTML division.
By configuring the server controller as described above, names of processing programs to be activated for collection of information to display the Web pages and system control and methods for displaying results of the processing on the Web pages can be described in the display control files in the form of scripts, whereby the Web display control division, the CGI script division and the processing program division can clearly separated.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENT
Before describing embodiments of the present invention, the related art and disadvantages thereof will be described with reference to the related figures.
In a page printer system shown in
Specific examples of screen displays are shown in
In a system like this, an operator performs operations required for registering a user following operation displays shown in
An initial display shown in
Here, the operator selects and presses a button for “system management” from the menu displayed on the screen. Then, the screen changes to a main display of the system management shown in
An operation menu required for the system management is shown on this main display. When a “user management” button among operation buttons displayed thereon is pressed, a user management display shown in
Here, when the operator presses a “registration” button after he or she has entered a user name and a password and entered again the password, the screen changes to a registration completion display shown in
In the page printer described above, as described previously, the CGI script is integrally configured and it was not possible to modify only the display control of the Web page. To cope with this, a page printer system according to the present invention is configured such that a description only for a display control division of the Web page can be changed.
A mode for carrying out the present invention will be described with reference to the accompanying drawings.
A basic conceptual configuration according to an embodiment of the present invention will be described in
As shown in
A number of display control files are prepared so as to correspond to respective Web pages. Then, described in each display control file are the name of processing program, information displayed on the screen, information linked to a display and the like.
An operation will be described with respect to a case where a display control file corresponding to a Web page shown in
As shown in
The display control file exists for each Web page and each file describes information required for the display of a related page. The respective display control files is constituted by a file control division and an HTML division which are separated from each other.
A unique script is described in the file control division for commands on the relative Web page that are to be processed within the server 1 and page information to be displayed, in response to various situations, which is to be linked to next.
Although it is not defined in the file configuration shown in
For example, in the case of a display control file for displaying a user registration completion display shown in
In a display control file related to displaying the user registration completion display shown in
In the example shown in
The CGI interpreter 13 analyzes the description of a line to which the “$” is affixed and identifies a variable portion. Then, following the description of “$NPS-CGI-u$”, the “user01” entered by the user and stored in a portion corresponding to a parameter u is read out. Next, the CGI interpreter 13 creates an HTML for the “user01” and embeds it in the contents of a message described in an HTML division. Then, the message in which the dynamic information is embedded is outputted to the Web browser 11.
Thus, it is possible to describe a message to be embedded with dynamic information as well as a general HTML.
As has been described heretofore, the display control file is described separately in the file control division and the HTML division, and written codes are described separately in a text format for each line.
Destinations to which respective pages are linked are realized by passing display control file names as parameters to the CGI script. In addition, the interpreter of the CGI script converts information that dynamically changes within a page into information to be displayed by using a unique status variable and script at the time of execution.
The Web display control and the CGI script can be separated by configuring the display control files as described above, and since a reference is designed to be made from the display control files through I/Fs which are commands, even if the specification of a processing program is changed, nothing is affected thereby. In addition, even when looked at from the processing program side, since there is no need to be aware of the Web display control, even when the display specification such as a display design is changed, nothing is affected thereby.
Next, the operation of the interpreter 13 at the CGI script 12 will be described by using the display control files described above while referring to a process summary shown in
A server 1 shown in
Assume that the operator clicks on an operation menu for a Web page displayed on the Web browser on the screen of an operation terminal unit 2 which is a client. Then, prepared on the client side following what is entered by the operator are a command for activating the interpreter and a CGI parameter for a display control file corresponding to the entered operation menu, which are then outputted to a Web server of the server 1 (1).
When the Web server accepts the command for activating the interpreter and the CGI parameter from the client side, the Web server activates the interpreter by following the command (2). At the same time as this, the CGI parameter is written in the environment variable division.
Here, when the interpreter is activated, the process flow shown in
The display control file so opened is then analyzed (6). As shown in
Here, if all the lines described in the display control file have been read in for analyzing process (Y), then the process advances to Step S5, where the analyzing process is completed by closing the display control file which is then open.
On the contrary, if all the lines described in the display control file have not yet been read in (N), first, a line described in the display control file is read (Step S6). If it is described in the text format, a portion continuing to where a line feed mark is provided is read as a line.
In analyzing the display control file with the interpreter, the lines described in the file are to be read sequentially line by line from the head line in the file. Then, first reading is started with the file control division, and whether the reading of the HTML division has been started or not is determined (Step S7).
Here, in the event that the line read is still a part of the file control division (N), whether or not the description in the line is a command is determined (Step S8).
In reality, as shown in
When the file control division is described as shown, since the first line is not a command (N), the process advances to Step S12, but since the first line is not a switch control, nor (N), then the process returns to Step S4, where the following line is started to be read.
In the event that the file is configured as described in
Then, in the event that the read line is the user registration command as shown at (a) in
Then, since the read line designates a switch control as shown at (b) in
As shown in
Then, in Step S14, in the event that the description is determined as a description needing no dynamic information to be embedded (N), then the process advances to Step S16, where the interpreter outputs the HTML that it has read in as it is (9).
On the other hand, in the display control file shown in
Thus, in this way, the interpreter reads the descriptions on the display control file line by line from the beginning thereof, analyses the display control file and executes the commands or outputs the HTML that it has read or embedded therein. Then, in Step S4, in the event that the interpreter reads all the lines described in the display control file and completes the analysis thereof (Y), the process advances to Step S5, where the display control file is closed to end the process.
Then, the Web server receives the HTMLs from the interpreter and outputs to the Web browser of the client (10), where the output so outputted is displayed on the Web page (11).
As has been described heretofore, according to the present invention, in the server for the interactive system in which inputs are made through the Web browser and the processing of the inputs is carried out on the server side, the division related to the screen display and the division adapted to operate as the CGI script are separately configured, whereby the Web page control and CGI script can be executed through the passage of parameters. Then, in the event that the specification of the screen display is changed, the display control file will only have to be modified, and therefore no other processing programs are affected and, even if modifications are made at other locations, nothing is affected thereby.
According to the present invention, the source files for the Web display control division, the CGI script division and the processing program division are clearly separated and can be developed in parallel, and therefore, the development efficiency can be improved and the source management with a high maintainability is made possible, as a result of which the system quality is improved, and therefore the present invention contributes to end users.
1. A processor connected via a network system to an operation terminal in which inputs are made through a Web browser, the processor comprising:
- an interpreter;
- a plurality of processing programs; and
- a plurality of display control files which are provided for each web page and in which a processing program to be executed and an HTML tag for displaying a result of executing the processing program are described separately; wherein the interpreter interprets a CGI script according to a request from the operation terminal, specifies a display control file which is designated through the web browser by using a parameter designated by the operation terminal, executes a processing program which is described in the specified display control file, and outputs a display control information based on the HTML tag of the specified display control file and result of the processing.
2. A processor as set forth in claim 1, wherein, in the display control file, the display control information is described separately in a file control division and an HTML division.
3. A processor as set forth in claim 1, wherein the interpreter reads the display control information for each line and executes an analyzing process.
4. A processor as set forth in claim 2, wherein the interpreter embeds, based on the description of the HTML division, dynamic information related to the display of the Web page in HTML output and outputs the HTML output.
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Filed: Nov 3, 2000
Date of Patent: Jun 5, 2007
Assignee: Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd. (Tokyo)
Inventor: Yasuhito Taira (Yokohama)
Primary Examiner: Heather R. Herndon
Assistant Examiner: James Blackwell
Attorney: Westerman, Hattori, Daniels & Adrian, LLP.
Application Number: 09/704,558